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Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?

bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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With most of us earning a category 1-5 certificate as part of the current MegaBonus, it's important to know some places to redeem it.

 

Many have lamented the fact that there are few (if any) category 5 or lower properties in desirable locations. I've put together a list of suggestions.

 

I had the following criteria

  • Only full service properties are included (e.g. Marriott, Renaissance, Delta, Autograph).
  • Located in the USA (I welcome others to make similar lists for other areas it they are so inclined)
  • Category 5 or lower

 

This list is not meant to be comprehensive. I've included a good sample of the full service category 5 (and 4 and 3) properties, but if your favorite location is not included, please don't be upset. This is just a guide of possible places to use certificates.

 

There are certainly gaps across the country. Hopefully there are some interesting places where Insiders might put their certificates to good use. I've marked the few properties at which I've stayed with

 

Category 5 properties


Alabama

Luxury Hotels in Downtown Mobile, AL | Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

Montgomery, Alabama Luxury Hotel | Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

Hotels in Prattville, AL | Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel Capitol Hill


California

Hotels in Fullerton, CA | Fullerton Marriott at California State University

Hotels in Pleasanton, CA | Pleasanton Marriott |Hotels near Dublin, CA

Walnut Creek Marriott - Hotel in Walnut Creek CA

Hotel Woodland Hills | Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills


Colorado

USAFA & Colorado Springs Luxury Hotel | Colorado Springs Marriott

Denver Stapleton Hotels | Renaissance Denver Hotel

Hotels in Golden Colorado | Denver Marriott West


Connecticut

Stamford Hotel | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Hotel Stamford, CT


Georgia

Cobb Galleria Hotel | Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel

Atlanta Airport Hotels | Renaissance Concourse Atlanta

 

Florida

Villa Rentals in Miami, Florida | Marriott's Villas at Doral (a Marriott Vacation Club )

Boutique Hotels Florida | Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection

Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista: Orlando Hotels and Resorts (a new Delta property)

Hotels Near Orlando Airport | Orlando Airport Marriott

Hotels Near Orlando International Airport | Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel

Hotels in St. Petersburg, Florida | St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater

Westshore Hotels Near Tampa Airport | Tampa Marriott Westshore


Illinois

Chicago Airport Hotel | Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Hotels Near O’Hare | Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel


Iowa

Historic Hotel in Davenport | Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection

Hotels in Des Moines Iowa | Des Moines Marriott Downtown ( booked for May 2016)

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, Iowa Hotels


Louisiana

Baton Rouge Hotels | Renaissance by Marriott | Hotel in Baton Rouge

 

Maryland

National Harbor Hotels | Hotels Near Gaylord National Harbor (AC property near DC)


Massachusetts

Burlington MA Hotels | Boston Marriott Burlington


Michigan

Dearborn, MI, Hotel: The Henry, Autograph Collection, A Premier Hotel in Dearborn, MI (former Ritz-Carlton)

Hotels in Dearborn | The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (several Insiders have recommended this property)

Discover One of the Most Iconic Hotels in Detroit at Renaissance


Missouri

AC Hotel Kansas City Westport: Kansas City Stylish Hotel - Kansas City Business Hotel (how about an AC property?)

Hotels in Kansas City MO | Kansas City Marriott Downtown


Nebraska

Hotels in Lincoln NE | Lincoln NE Hotels | Lincoln Marriott Hotel

Hotels In Omaha NE | Omaha Hotels | Omaha Marriott ( booked for May 2016)


New Jersey

Hotels Near Newark, NJ Airport | Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel

Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel: Meadowlands Hotels by Prudential Center Newark - Rutherford Hotels - Hotel Meadowlands


New York

Hotels Near West Point, NY - Tarrytown Hotels | Westchester Marriott

Westchester Hotel Near Rye, NY | Renaissance Westchester Hotel


North Carolina

Hotels in Charlotte, NC | Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel

Welcome to the Winston-Salem, NC Marriott Hotel.

 

Ohio

Columbus Airport Hotels | Columbus Airport Marriott Hotel

West Chester Hotels between Dayton and Cincinnati – Cincinnati Marriott North


Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Convention Center | Renaissance | Cox Convention Center Hotels

Boutique Hotels in Oklahoma City, OK | Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel


Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Airport Hotels | Pittsburgh International Airport Hotels


South Carolina

Spartanburg, SC Hotels near Greenville – Spartanburg Marriott


Tennessee

Hotels in Downtown Knoxville, TN | Knoxville Marriott


Texas

Dallas Suites | Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center

Hotels in Dallas TX | Renaissance Dallas Hotel

DFW Airport Hotel | Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott

Hotels In Round Rock TX | Austin Marriott North Hotel


Utah

Hotels Salt Lake City, Utah | Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT


Virginia

Norfolk Hotel: Discover A Premier Marriott Downtown Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia

Dulles Airport Hotels | Marriott Washington Dulles Airport

 

Washington

Spokane Convention Center Hotel | Autograph Collection

 

Category 6 properties moving down to category 5 this year


Hotel Near Airport on Wolf Road in Albany, NY | Albany Marriott

Atlanta Airport Hotels | Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway

Houston Galleria Hotels | JW Marriott Houston Galleria

Downtown St. Louis Hotels | Marriott St. Louis Grand


Category 4 properties


Alabama

Birmingham Hotels – Luxury Hotels In Birmingham - Marriott in Birmingham, Alabama


Arizona

Downtown Phoenix Hotels | Renaissance Phoenix Downtown (soon to be category 5)


Arkansas

Hotels in Little Rock, Arkansas | Little Rock Marriott


California

Fremont, CA, Hotels | Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley, Hotel Fremont, CA

Rancho Cordova Hotels - Luxury Hotels in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento, CA

The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection: Sacramento Unique Hotels (soon to be category 5)

Hotels in San Ramon CA | San Ramon Marriott (soon to be category 5)

Visalia Hotels | Visalia, CA Hotels | Hotels Visalia, CA


Connecticut

Hotels in Trumbull, CT | Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway


Florida

Coral Springs Hotels | Hotels Coral Springs, Florida (soon to be category 5)

Hotels in South Jacksonville, Florida | Jacksonville Marriott

World Golf Village Hotel | World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort


Georgia

Decatur, GA, Hotels | Marriott Century Center/Emory Area

Hotels in Augusta, GA | Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Hotels in Downtown Columbus, GA | Columbus Marriott


Illinois

Hotels in Downers Grove IL | Marriott Suites Downers Grove


Indiana

Carmel, Indiana Hotels – Renaissance Indianapolis North (soon to be category 5)

Hotels In Indianapolis Indiana | Marriott East Indianapolis (soon to be category 5)


Iowa

Cedar Rapids Marriott: Cedar Rapids hotel accommodations ( booked for May 2016)


Louisiana

Hotels In Baton Rouge | Baton Rouge, Louisiana Hotels


Maryland

Hotels in Gaithersburg, MD | Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center

Hotels in Greenbelt, MD | Greenbelt Marriott


Minnesota

Minneapolis Marriott Hotel | Minneapolis Hotel | Minneapolis Conference Center

Minneapolis Hotels | Hotels in St. Louis Park, MN | Marriott Minneapolis West/St. Louis Park


New Jersey

Hotels in Edison NJ near New York City | Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel


New Mexico
Hotel in North Albuquerque, NM Near Downtown | Albuquerque Marriott

Albuquerque, New Mexico Hotels | Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North

 

North Carolina

Raleigh, NC Hotels | Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley (soon to be category 5)


Ohio

Tuttle Crossing Hotels in Dublin – Columbus Marriott Northwest

Hotels in Mason, OH – Cincinnati Marriott Northeast

Hotels In Beachwood Ohio | Cleveland Marriott East


Pennsylvania

Renaissance Allentown Hotel: Allentown Distinctive Hotels (soon to be category 5)

 

South Carolina

Hotels in Greenville, SC - Marriott Greenville SC - Greenville Marriott


Tennessee

Marriott Memphis East ( booked for March 2016 - soon to be category 5)


Texas

Hotels Near El Paso, TX Airport | El Paso Marriott

Hotels in Fort Worth, Texas | Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club

DFW Airport Hotel near Irving, TX – Fort Worth Hotels near DFW Airport

Energy Corridor Hotels | Houston Marriott Energy Corridor


Virginia

Chesapeake VA hotel | Hotels in Chesapeake | Norfolk Marriott Chesapeake

Hotels in Herndon VA | Washington Dulles Marriott Suites

Hotels in Newport News Virginia | Newport News Marriott at City Center

Hotel Portsmouth VA | Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel

Hotels in Tysons Corner Near Reston, VA | Tysons Corner Marriott


West Virginia

Hotels in Charleston, West Virginia | Charleston Marriott Town Center

 

Wisconsin

Hotels in Milwaukee, WI | Hotels Milwaukee, WI | Milwaukee, WI Hotels

 

There are even a couple dozen category 3 full service properties. Here are just a few. (Feel free to look up others)

Bakersfield Hotels: Bakersfield Hotel - Bakersfield, CA Hotels

Fair Oaks Marriott | Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

Hotels in Glen Allen, VA - Near Short Pump | Richmond Marriott Short Pump

Hotels in West Chester, Ohio | AC Hotel Cincinnati North/West Chester

Northbrook IL Hotels | Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Hotels in Provo Utah | Provo Hotel & Conference Center

Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center: Tulsa Distinctive Hotels

Hotels in East Wichita, KS | Wichita Marriott

 

This list doesn't even include the hundreds (probably over a thousand) of Fairfield Inns, Courtyards, Residence Inns, SpringHill Suites, or TownePlace Suites. I also left off current category 5 properties moving up to category 6.

 

Certainly this list won't please everyone as there are clearly areas of the country with no full service properties below category 6. I do hope it gives Insiders some ideas and allows all of us to redeem the certificates earned during the current MegaBonus. It would be sad if too many of those certs go unredeemed.

 

Happy Travels

  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    CtsVette Platinum
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    thanks for your time and effort in putting this together for everyone.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      gm1 Gold 1 Reviews
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      bejacob

       

      Thanks for putting forth the effort and time in creating this highly useful list.  I was not aware of the large number of full service Marriott properties that were available for booking with the category 1-5 certificates.   

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    brightlybob Platinum 10 Reviews
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    Wow, nice work there bejacob

     

    Just to emphasise a current Cat 6 that becomes a Cat 5 later this month

    Houston Galleria Hotels | JW Marriott Houston Galleria

     

    Oh, and conincidentally that's where TIPPLE will be held

    Re: Who's attending TIPPLE in Houston on 16th & 17th Sept 2016? Here's the list

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    seatexan Platinum
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    Thank you! I have 2 I will need to use up. 

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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    I mostly use my 1-5's in the Boston area - not IN Boston, but just north.  Our son lives up there, so whenever we visit, we usually stay at the Courtyard on Unicorn Drive.  Very nice hotel - with a real restaurant and bar.  Never eat at the restaurant, but it's there.  Have frequented the bar.  There is also another Courtyard a few miles north and a Fairfield also in Woburn, and a Marriott in Burlington by the mall that are all 5's or less.

     

    Stayed out at the Courtyard Gettysburg, which was a 4 or 5.

     

    It is pretty tough finding 1-5's in the Northeast, near anything you would want to visit (particularly if you like cities).  It is good for us that there are several in the Boston area.  Certainly can't stay in NYC anymore, on certificates.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
      bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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      Yes, there a lot of CY, SHS, FI, and other great non-full service properties out there. In many cases they can be the best uses of certificates. I encourage folks to look beyond this list as it doesn't include any of those locations.

       

      I certainly can't vouch for all the places on the list. I've visited only a few. I can recommend all the ones on the list at which I have stayed.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    Incredible effort bejacob, thank you so very much for doing the leg work.  Might even have to buy you a Shiner in September at the TIPPLE!!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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      Thanks IAHFLYR. I might have to take you up on that offer.

       

      I was pleasantly surprised by the number of locations out there. I didn't even include them all (after 3 or 4 Marriotts in Denver, Atlanta, and even Houston, I decided I didn't need to put every property on the list). Some of my favorites (SHS in Chattanooga comes to mind) aren't full service properties, so were filtered out at the beginning. The point is there are some good (and probably some not so good) properties where we can use certificates.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    AZDesertRat Platinum
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    Good overview, bejacob and thanks for the time spent providing it.  We like to use a certificate stay + one paid night for a weekend trip, getting a stay and points but at lower overall cost. 

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    carat Community Manager Marriott Associate Silver
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    Amazing write-up bejacob!  Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    Brilliant and very generous piece of work!  Thank you so much!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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      I thought I could complete the list in an hour. Boy was I wrong, which is why I posted much later in the evening than is usual for me.

       

      I was surprised to see how many of these place I've visited, while still discovering a few more I want to try.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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        pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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        No kidding, that was a lot of work.

         

        I did some more looking and became excited when I thought I could add these three to your list, but sadly when I checked the 2016 category change list, alas, they are moving up:

        Irvine Marriott56
        Long Beach Marriott56
        Santa Clara Marriott56

         

        So is one of my go to airport properties for early morning international flights, where I just stayed last weekend:

        Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo56

         

        Drats and drats.  I think I can figure something out, but I'll need to get an extension on the certs.

         

        This one is moving up, but still in the ball park.  Good back up property for when everything else is too pricey or when week day prices jump up:

        Fairview Park Marriott34

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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          peymanagement Platinum
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          If you know your plans, you can still book it at  a 5 until next week for a few months.

          (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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          tommy_gunn Gold
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          I've always wondered why the Santa Clara Marriott is only a 5... it's super high demand business location and very big / pool area...

          (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Wow!  This is an excellent piece of work!

     

    Thank You

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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    it goes to show for a vast majority there are a lot of options thanks for the work

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      randomname Platinum 7 Reviews
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      Agreed.  Never had problems finding Where to use it, biggest problem is When.  Won't use for work related, so must find a personal night, single night, to use it.  Given the short duration of the certificate it can be a challenge.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
        bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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        That does sometimes present a problem. A couple times I've had to call customer service and request more time to use certificates. Marriott will give a one-time extension. The last time, I had plans to use my certificate a month after it expired. When I called, the date got pushed forward an entire year.

         

        I've got a couple to use, one from the MegaBonus and one from my MR Visa. At least the second one is good for 12 months.

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    ks77 Gold 23 Reviews
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    I can verify that the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, the Renaissance Woodbridge NJ, and the Stamford CT Marriott are all good properties. The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott treats me like a king, I contact the front desk manager and she always upgrades me to the executive suite and on my last visit over Christmas, to Presidential suite!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    boomer Platinum
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    Nice list with a few surprises, thank you!  To help some people make choices I will give a few comments on a few I know well:

     

    Connecticut

    Stamford Hotel | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Hotel Stamford, CT  - Right off 95 but the downtown has some nice restaurants.  Walk across the road to take MetroNorth right into Grand Central Station, NYC

    Hotels in Trumbull, CT | Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway - Just outside New Haven, CT right off Merritt Pkwy.  Secluded location and a very nice property.  Higher end restaurant with lots of craft beers.  The concierge lounge moves to an area adjacent to the restaurant for breakfast due to size.  Very good breakfast spread!

     

    New York

    Westchester Hotel Near Rye, NY | Renaissance Westchester Hotel - Not too far from NYC, right off the Hutchinson Pkwy but secluded.  Nice restaurant.

     

    Texas

    Hotels in Dallas TX | Renaissance Dallas Hotel - Close to downtown and a great view of the Downtown from the hotel.  Awesome smell throughout the hotel from the wood grill in restaurant.  Nice rooftop pool.

     

    Maryland

    Hotels in Greenbelt, MD | Greenbelt Marriott - Good for business but in an office park in a "challenging" neighborhood.  Close to Greenbelt Metro station for eacy access to DC.

     

    New Jersey

    Hotels in Edison NJ near New York City | Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel - Just stayed here this week for the first time.  Nice hotel.  Could get to NYC by driving over to Staten Island, parking at the SI Ferry and taking that into the city.  By the way, contrary to some of the ticket sellers in Manhattan the SI ferry is completely FREE.  Vehicles are no longer carried on the ferry.

     

    South Carolina

    Hotels in Greenville, SC - Marriott Greenville SC - Greenville Marriott - Very nice property just off I-85.

     

    Virginia

    Hotels in Tysons Corner Near Reston, VA | Tysons Corner Marriott - Tysons corner has a lot of malls and offices.  Metro was just extended out to Tysons so could be a good hotel to commute into DC

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      nmballoonist Platinum
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      I will add a few on to the info that boomer provided.

      In Maryland, the Washingtonian in Gaithersburg is only a 4 and is a great FS Marriott and is in a great location near the Shady Grove Metro Station on the red line.  There is a shuttle between the hotel and the metro station that I take and only need to tip the driver.  Also when you are about two stops from Shady Grove you can call and the driver will be waiting or there in a couple of minutes.  There are other Marriott brands nearby, but I would choose the Washingtonian.  Very nice business area and not "challenging" like the Greenbelt property.

       

      If you want to get a taste of NM, all of the Marriott's in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are Cat 4 or less.  The FS Marriott at I-40 and Louisiana is very nice and near a number of restaurants and shopping.  The other Albuquerque Marriott ( the Pyramid) in Journal Center is nice but in a business park and not within walking distance of much.  However Albuquerque is not that big and you can be most anywhere in 30 minutes even with traffic.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    monisame Platinum
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    Great job bejacob. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us!!!!!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    There is an excellent RI in Harrisonburg, VA.  Harrisonburg is a nice town with some excellent restaurants and it is not a long drive to get on Skyline Drive and explore Shenandoah National Park.

     

    We are using our two cat 5 certs to enjoy a weekend there in a few weeks.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    crg Gold
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    Marriott at Sugarland Tx Towncenter is a cat 5 worth checking out.

    I stayed there 4 days last week and the location was perfect. Plenty of restaurants, shopping and activity. The rooms were ok (like cat 3), the staff was great. Only about 20 minutes from downtown Houston.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    702rugbyref Platinum
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    Well done..clap, clap.I am using one Cat cert next weekend in Memphis CY downtown.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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    We often stay just north of Boston, at the Courtyard in Unicorn Business Park, Woburn.  I believe it is a category 4.  Nice property, indoor pool, decent fitness center, full bar and a restaurant (haven't eaten there - too many great places close by).  It is only about a 10 minute drive to the North End of Boston. 

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    homoviator Platinum
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    Amazing work @bejacob.  I hope Marriott has a job for you because you do a lot of work for them.  I use the certs a lot of time flying in or out of airports--especially last minute. I also find them useful to use on road trips when I just need to stop for the night but not interested in seeing anything, just a nice bed and maybe a breakfast.  I also used one at the Residence Inn in Long Beach which I really enjoyed.  It's actually a cat. 4.  I know there's a bunch of people who are grumpy about this, but I always find a use.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    natural_log Platinum
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    Although it's not a full service property, there is a new RI opening in Concord MA this fall.  Right now they are taking reservations for October although it's supposed to open in September.    The hotel is about 2.5 miles from Concord Center.  Just a few of the things to do:

    Minuteman National Park (American Revolutionary History)

    Walden Pond (H.D. Thoreau)

    Alcott House

    A beautiful downtown main street area

    Canoeing down the Sudbury river

    Scenic fall drive to see the leave change colors

     

    There are also two highly acclaimed restaurants in town that even folks from Boston come out for.

    Two other restaurants have live music every weekend (and also have good food).

     

    I was actually surprised it's at a Cat 5.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    U rock, bejacob!


    Great post.

     

    p.s. I just burnt my two remaining category 5 certificates for reservations for two rooms at the Newark Airport Renaissance hotel.

     

    Despite my default preference for Renaissance, I typically prefer the Newark Airport Marriott (a category 7), because it's so convenient.  [See the discussion here: Differences | Marriott Rewards® Insiders]

    But two free rooms is, uh, duh, two free rooms, so we're looking forward to our free stay at the Renaissance.

     

    Thank you Marriott!!!!

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    • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
      ks77 Gold 23 Reviews
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      Me too. I don't live particularly far from EWR but I have stayed at the EWR airport Marriott twice the night before a long awaited vacation and my flight was the first of the day at 6AM. I am not going to risk missing a flight to Hawaii because of a flat tire, car won't start, road closure, etc. The "insurance" is worth every penny in my opinion. 

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    • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
      ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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      And, bejacob, just to follow up....

       

      Just back from NY/NJ, where I burnt two (2) Category 5 certificates at the Newark Airport Renaissance before they expired.

      • I still prefer the Newark Airport Marriott - for convenience, and it's nicer after the recent renovations - but it was a great stay;
      • Renaissance concierge lounge had a cool view - all of Newark (EWR) airport, Port of Newark, Manhattan skyline, Bronx skyline...   really cool;
      • I ate lunch in the hotel restaurant, and it was fully satisfactory!
      • I had two (again, free) rooms - one was an obvious upgrade - really large, with large couch/seating area on a lower floor - the other a normal size, but was on a high floor with a killer view (just like the concierge lounge).

      Hard to argue with free category 5 certificates, when your free stay includes a nicely managed concierge lounge with heavy evening foods/desserts and plenty of decent breakfast options....

       

      Also - on this topic - I recently stayed at a Protea in Namibia - First Protea Experience - Windhoek, Namibia (wi... | Marriott Rewards® Insiders - I paid for the room, but it was also a low category property, so that could have been free too....

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    lobsterdevil Platinum
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    Great list!  It also is useful for the 1-5 cert from the rewards credit card. 

     

    But I am pretty sure that booking the Doral Villas requires two upgrade certificates per night, as Doral has only two bedroom units and the MVC policy for rewards points is that each bedroom in the unit booked requires an upgrade certificate.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    kharada46 Alumni Steward Gold 10 Reviews
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    Outstanding work, bejacob!  That's a whole lot of great info there.  Too bad there aren't any near me or in my planned travel destinations.  Gonna have to let another one expire! 

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    tommy_gunn Gold
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    I just spent a 3-day weekend at Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel using (2) cat1-5 free certs. It is maybe 12-15 minutes from the popular city center (where baseball park and bars are, for reference).

     

    I would recommend it for business or pleasure, we went to hang out with friends and hit Red Rocks Amphitheater. While the hotel is a bit dated on the inside, it is a really nice facility, really cool and unique looking from the outside, the entire lobby is amazingly updated and beautiful, but the hallways and rooms are still a bit old school. The maintenance guy said it should be remodeled sometime late this year or early next year, the new property manager is going to invest heavily. So it will be even nicer shortly. Has a nice / small pool with plenty of hangout space, as well as an indoor poor and jacuzzi area, with a gym. Quite impressive facilities. Nice bar in the lobby that you can grab beers for the pool or room. Buffet breakfasts at the restaurant on weekends was nice with the CL closed.

     

    There is a CL on the top level, not the largest and a bit dated, but has a nice big fridge for all drinks, food was there, drinks were competitive priced.

     

    Overall well worth the cat5 certificate, as us Californian's struggle to find anything that fits the free certificates.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    In Newport Beach this weekend, I was able to burn a cat. 5 certificate one night at the Hotels Orange County | Residence Inn John Wayne Airport.  It is farther afield of my destination than I prefer staying, but all of my other regular, full service haunts, the Hotels In Irvine CA | Irvine Marriott Hotel and the Newport Beach California Hotels | Newport Beach Marriott Bayview have rocketed above the category 5 level in the past few years. 


    Though it is disappointing each year to have to choose new properties that are farther afield of a destination (due to category creep), I was glad for the opportunity to try the Irvine Res Inn property.  It's a nice property with incredibly nice staff, and I'm now at least aware of it, as it would make a good option for when my kids and grandkids visit the area. 


    One thing I noticed is that the work desk in the room was quite large.  I mention this, since I have read complaints elsewhere regarding work desks.


    Lastly, it seems that any property that I have stayed at on a cat. 5 cert. in recent years, receives the mark of doom, where if I stay there using a cert., it is certain to increase in category the following year.  So I'll be looking next spring when the list of category increases is published.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    insertcoffee Platinum
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    I always think the annual whining about the certificates is misplaced. It is a wonderful award; while not perhaps for aspirational travel, there are plenty of locations it might be used.  Marriott doesn't need to provide these at all. The fact that you can earn them for credit card and Mega Bonus etc. is a welcome award.

     

    We often stay for flight placement at hotels we otherwise would not visit; the opportunity to do so 'free' starts the trip off in comfort and with less stress.

     

    They can also be handy during IRROPS and other surprises, particularly if not traveling on OPM.

     

    Marriott has had much less inflation than, say, Hilton, and in fact *downgraded* many hotels this years, over 100, so the redemption does not always trend upward, and they do realign, not always to a higher level.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    A couple of the posts above, including from bejacob and boomer, mention the Renaissance Westchester in New York.  We're staying here (again), and - while it's a bit quirky - it's a hotel we enjoy. 

     

    We've also found - for reasons we're not sure we fully understand - it tends to be cheaper than the Residence Inns and Courtyards in nearby New Rochelle and Yonkers (even though, by almost any measure, it's a nicer property).  Granted, it's somewhat off the beaten path, but that's part of the attraction (in our book).  Easy access (less than 10 minutes) to White Plains and the mall for big box dining and other conveniences....

     

    As for the property itself:

     

    • green, green, green - for a NY hotel, it's pleasantly surrounded by lush, green trees - it's a very nice feel, particularly the way it's built into the landscape;
    • it's a nice event venue - there are two big events going on tonight - but the noise isn't an issue;
    • indoor/outdoor pool, nice pool area - NOT your classic claustrophobic feel to the deck/seating area;
    • cute little fire pit with seating out front;
    • stylish lobby and bar area with lots of spread out, diverse seating options; and
    • nice staff; and
    • modest, but nice concierge lounge - good (custom) coffee machine, and my sons enjoyed the cookies for dessert.

     

    If you wanted to complain, it is true that there can be a lot of walking between the room, the lounge, the lobby, etc., but that's the price you pay for a lush, green, integrated feel....

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    • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
      monisame Platinum
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      Being there three weeks away, upon a certificate.  I really enjoy my stay. Pretty hotel, good staff with amazing sorroundings.

      The concierge is modest yes but it was ok for breakfast and some snacks .

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    droma Platinum
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    Anyone have any insights about Hartford Marriott Downtown?  Did this just become cat 5?  Burning a night there next month.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    sunsoaker Platinum 3 Reviews
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    You can actually google "Marriott cat 5 hotels" and you will get a list

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    psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    Zonahiker Platinum
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    In Arizona you could stay at the Marriott Springhill Suites Marriott SpringHill Suites, Historic Downtown Prescott Arizona  It is in a great location where you can walk to the many bars/restaurants/shops on Whiskey Row. There is great hiking in the area and the town goes all out at Halloween decorating houses, leaves turning, and a fun arts and crafts festival this weekend.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    ks77 Gold 23 Reviews
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    Princeton Marriott at Forrestal is a Cat 5 and a solid property as well if your travels take you to Princeton/Central NJ.

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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    sunsoaker Platinum 3 Reviews
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  • Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?
    troytraveler Silver
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    Courtyard Stamford Downtown is not bad if you want to visit NYC.

     

    Stamford Hotels - Hotels in Downtown Stamford, CT | Courtyard Stamford Downtown

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